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James Hugh POWELL

Regimental number6656
Place of birthParramatta New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressAustral Street, Long Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Christina B Powell, Austral Street, Long Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
From Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish the embarkation details of individual officers and men: 6 officers and 156 others embarked on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' from Melbourne on 10 November 1915; 1 officer and 50 others embarked on HMAT A58 'Kabringa' from Melbourne on 8 November 1915; 1 officer and 16 others embarked on HMAT A2 'Geelong' from Adelaide on 12 November 1915; 1 officer and 4 others embarked on HMAT A13 'Katuna' from Adelaide on 9 November 1915; and
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateDied as a result of accident 11 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 44), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
183
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Christina POWELL, Raglan Street, Long Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'On 21.9.17 while stationed at right R.A.P. near WESTHOEK during heavy enemy shelling, in which some of the Regimental stretcher bearers were killed and wounded, word was brought in that a man had been hit. This N.C.O. with 2 others dashed out through the barrage and succeeded in bringing the wounded man in, undoubtedly saving his life. While carrying out this act of gallantry. Lance Corporal Berry was severely wounded and was dressed and carried in under heavy shell fire. Throughout the action he showed great courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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